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Woodchucks fall to Madison 9-7

Wisconsin Woodchucks
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- The Madison Mallards used 12 singles to lead them to victory over the Wisconsin Woodchucks 9-7.

The Mallards scored first in this game in the top of the first inning as Drew Weeks drove in his Northwoods League leading 40th and 41st RBI when he hit a single up the middle to score Tate Matheny and John LaPrise on the play to give the Mallards an early 2-0 lead.

The Woodchucks tied the game up in the bottom of the second inning as Austin Diemer would hit a deep fly ball that just got over the left field wall that also brought home Levi Meyer to even the score at two. The Mallards regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning when Weeks came into score this time after Brock Stewart singled to center field. Stewart then came into score after a dropped third strike got passed Woodchucks’ catcher John Clay Reeves to give the Mallards a 4-2 lead.

The Mallards widen their lead to four in the top of the fifth inning as LaPrise would bring home Matheny with another single up the middle. Joe McCarthy hit a fly ball deep enough to left field that allowed LaPrise to score giving the Mallards a 6-2 lead.

The Woodchucks loaded the bases for Reeves in the bottom of the fifth inning and he delivered with a single through the right side of the infield that allowed Edgar Figueroa to score. However, Tyler Stieb was thrown out at home on the play for the third out of the inning with the Woodchucks trailing 6-3.

The Mallards regained a four-run lead in the top of the seventh inning when Joe McCarthy brought home LaPrise to give the Mallards a 7-3 lead. The Woodchucks shortened the gap after Stieb drove in Brandon Krieg with a single to right field. Stieb would score later in the inning after Reeves hit a single into the right-center field gap to cut the Mallards lead to 7-5. Again the Mallards had an answer for the ‘Chucks as they scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning. Matheny would hit a single to right field with the bases loaded to bring home Mike Fitzgerald. In the very next at-bat, LaPrise brought home Jeff Zahn with a sacrifice fly to left field with the Mallards now leading 9-5.

The back and forth battle would continue in the bottom of the eighth inning when the Woodchucks scored two runners. With the bases loaded Figueroa would hit into a fielder’s choice that allowed Meyer to score on the play. Stieb again would bring home a runner as Rob Bennie scored on Stieb’s single to left field with the Woodchucks now trailing 9-7, but that would be the closest the ‘Chucks would get as that was the final in this contest.

The Woodchucks will travel to Warner Park Thursday night to finish their two-game series against the Madison Mallards. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. The Woodchucks will return to Athletic Park on Friday night when the La Crosse Loggers will come to Wausau to begin a three-game series. First pitch on Friday night will be at 6:35 p.m.with gates opening at 5:35 p.m.

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